Archery Guys --- "old" compound bow?

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  1. EricsZ28

    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I was cleaning out my basement yesterday when I came across my old compound bow. I have not drawn the string back for probably 15 years, and now I'm scared of this thing letting loose if I use it due it's age and lack of use.

    What should I do with it? I doubt it's worth much if anything. It's a low-end bow that had just enough tension to hunt with (50+ lbs). I just don't want to pitch it due to liability if you know what I mean...

    Any thoughts?
     
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    I'd put a string on it before drawing it back. I have a bow that is alot older than that one and use it regularly, but I keep a fresh string on it.
     
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    I've never swapped strings before. Is this a DIY type thing? Do I need any special tools?
     
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    I have a bow specialist who works for me, I always get him to make a new string and install it for me for $20. I really don't know what he does, he always takes it home and brings it back all fixed up for me. He has had a bow shop at home (side work) and worked on them for many years.

    EDIT: He didn't charge me $20, I just gave him a $20 bill for doing it for me.
     
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    Thanks for the input! That gives me a lot of perspective. I was expecting a lot more cost to restring this thing.
     
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    I went out in the shop and asked him about restringing your bow...he advised using a bow press because it is safer than trying to back the tension off the limbs and stringing it like a recurve. Any bow shop will have a press and can do it for you in a few minutes.
     
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    BTW, he said if your bow is a single string with steel cables, it should be less than $20 to restring it.
     
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    Good info, thanks John. I appreciate your follow up on this as well !!!!
     

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